The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.
Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
The foundation is pleased to announce the first issue in a new series of publications, Early Childhood in Focus (ECiF), a collaboration with The Open University. This issue, entitled Attachment Relationships: Quality of care for young children deals with attachment theory and research.
My Living Positively Handbook, the fruits of a collaboration between the foundation and Duke University's Centre for Documentary Studies, is now available in English, Xhosa and Zulu from the Children's Rights Centre press release (pdf) gives background information on how Sarah Leeper's time as a Hine Fellow led to the creation of the handbook.(follow the "publications" link). The handbook gives young children age-appropriate advice on living with HIV. This
The foundation's latest annual report, covering 2006, is now available. It features an essay on the foundation's two key advocacy messages for the issue area Successful transitions.
On September 24, leaders in science, policymaking, advocacy and implementation will convene at Harvard Medical School for a one-day internationalto explore new directions in the global response to HIV/AIDS and children, organised by the foundation-funded Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS ( ).
"Bringing politics into the nursery: Early childhood education as a democratic practice" is the latest working paper from the foundation. Author Peter Moss argues that institutions providing early childhood care and education can become forums for democratic political practice.
We are pleased to make available some materials from our partner child-friendly police brochure (pdf) is aimed at sensitising police to dealing with children. CHETNA's child rights booklet comes in eight parts (all pdf) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - an accessible introduction to the concept of child rights, aimed at an Indian audience but dealing with globally relevant issues., which others may find useful. This
"When I joined the training program last year, I perceived myself as an open minded and liberal person, free from prejudice and stereotypes..."; This story from the Read more, which runs the Educators in a Multi-Cultural Society project for the foundation, comes from a kindergarten teacher who participated in a training program.
Now online - the June 2007from Eurochips, the foundation-funded, Europe-wide network for children of imprisoned parents.
The latest issue of the foundation's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, is now available. Entitled "Promoting social inclusion and respect for diversity in the early years", it takes an in-depth look at the issues involved in this newly-defined programme area, one of three programme areas which are now guiding the foundation's work.